Blood on Snow

Blood on Snow

Large Print - 2015
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From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels--a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero: an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love.

This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented "fixer" for one of Oslo's most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller's hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an "innate talent for subordination" but running through his veins is a "virus" born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake. . . .


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780804194884
Characteristics: 163 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew) - Translator

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 22, 2018

The simple style suits character, setting, and plot - stark and bleak. Nesbo's genius is to make us care deeply. Booklist and Library Journal starred reviews.

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ferm_dawg
May 09, 2018

I am a (in a Donald Trump voice) HUGE Jo Nesbo fan. His first 5 are just rocking. I think he wanted to try something different here. It is like a short story. Killer doesnt kill the wife, and the wife falls in love with him... Aaaahhhhh.... MMMmmmmmm.... Don't like that at all. Some very good parts of the story though. Just a quick short read... 2-3 days.

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toddhansen1
Jan 15, 2018

I wanted to like this one so bad, but it didn't happen. Nesbo is good, but not great in my humble opinion

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pacdg
Sep 18, 2016

easy read with engaging twists despite several unbelievable pieces

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violet_owl_239
Jun 16, 2016

A quick read from a killer's perspective. Surprisingly unlike Jo Nesbo's other novels.

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ba_library
May 13, 2016

Nesbo said this was a love story - seems a bit buried if that is true. A fixer (hit man) caught between drug lords. Usual Nesbo violence with a main character who has room for development in future books. Very short - more of a novella.

ChristchurchLib May 08, 2016

Olav is a soft-hearted criminal limited by his skills; the only thing he's got any talent for is "fixing" problems -- which means killing people at the request of his heroin kingpin boss. Unfortunately, he's been assigned to kill his boss' wife...and whether he does or doesn't, he's in the dangerous position of knowing rather too much about his employer. And that's before he falls in love with his target. Set in Oslo in the 1970s, this "jewel of a novel" (Booklist) was followed by Midnight Sun, which shares its setting.

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SUSANBUC
Jan 30, 2016

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TRNaus
Sep 19, 2015

Jo Nesbø spins a tale that is more (and less) than it appears. It is a much shorter story than I expected -- think novella rather than novel. Olav is a "fixer" for the Oslo underworld, but his most recent contract proves to be his most dangerous.

The anti-hero is a surprisingly complicated and relate-able character. He portrays himself simple-minded with little formal education, yet I found myself laughing at how much he knows through his eclectic reading (and how often he downplays it). His philosophical musings are a product of his troubled upbringing, brutal occupation and shaky confidence with interpersonal relationships.

The real beauty of the book, however, is the methodical building of a multi-layered story around how Olav sees the world and how he wishes to see the world. It becomes a struggle to distinguish between reality and fantasy in his carefully crafted world of deception, violence and love.

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MildredT
Aug 15, 2015

I had relatively low expectations for this book, because it lacks Harry Hole but I think it was my favorite Jo Nesbo story yet. It is a fast read but is ultimately satisfying in the way that it ends. It is elegant in its simplicity, honesty, and reality.

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